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Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective (CPPAC) is a non-profit organization serving greater St. Johns and surrounding north Portland communities. CPPAC offers music & theatre arts classes, ensembles, and workshops that convey principles of self-determination.
CPPAC operates on the belief that self-determination, a sense of freedom and motivation to do what is interesting, personally important, and vitalizing, is instrumental to the creative process and a key component to achieving one’s goals.
Through passion, practice, and the art of performance, life-long learners at every stage can enjoy the benefits of the arts through our programming at CPPAC. From our Tadpoles Music & Movement classes to our Adult Improv classes, we strive to offer engaging classes for everyone with ample opportunities to showcase skills and growth through community performances. Great emphasis is placed on performance, as performing is a powerful learning tool and an effective means towards a healthier spiritual, academic, and social life. It requires effective communication, collaboration, and respect of the process of creating something together.
CPPAC believes that empowering the individual leads to active and engaged participants in the group process. As the demands of work and family require that we function in the context of a group, our classes and workshops teach specific skills necessary for future success. Again, performance is our avenue to teach these invaluable life skills.
Interested in joining our team of teaching artists?
Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective is now hiring teachers for classes listed below. Preference given to those who can commit to teaching these classes for the full season, September-June. Positions open until filled. Send letter of interest, three professional references, and resume to: email@example.com.
All teaching positions for the current season have been filled.
Our Staff and Instructors
Cristina Marino is the Executive Director of Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective and a co-founder of the organization. She is a native Oregonian and began playing the violin and performing in musicals at age 10.
During high school Cristina began formal voice lessons and played violin in various chamber orchestras including the Corvallis Youth Symphony. She continued to develop her performance skills through musical theater and voice competitions. Cristina continued her music study at Lewis & Clark College, performing with the Lewis & Clark College Orchestra and in multiple opera and musical theater productions.
At 24 years old, she worked her way through Portland State University for her Bachelors of Music. She received a scholarship to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she completed a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance. Since returning to Portland, she performs in and around the Northwest.
Her performances have included roles in operas, musicals, plays, and a short film. She keeps herself active with ongoing solo and collaborative recitals and is passionate about contemporary and early music. Locally, she has performed with Clackamas Repertory Theater, Mocks Crest Productions, and Opera Theater Oregon. Cristina is currently a chorus member with Portland Opera.
Cristina can’t help but spread the love of music to her students and has often been told that her enthusiasm is infectious. She is proud to participate in the ongoing goals of a sustainable and economically viable St. Johns community for all.
Audrey Voon is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective. She currently teaches Musical Theatre: Stage 2, Vocal Workshop, Tadpoles, and Froglets at CPPAC. She is also the director of St. Johns Women’s Choir.
Music has always been an integral part of Audrey’s life. She began studying piano at age 5 and sang in choirs throughout elementary and high school. Upon moving to Olympia, Washington in high school, Audrey discovered theatre by default. She had developed a passion for dance, and was led to audition for the fall musical. She was cast, and her love of theatre was born.
In 2005, Audrey moved back to Oregon to study music at the University of Portland. There, she studied voice as her primary instrument and piano as her secondary. She had the great pleasure of singing as an alto in the University Singers for the duration of her undergraduate years and studied conducting under the direction of the beloved, late Dr. Roger O. Doyle.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Music from U of P, she went on to serve one year as an AmeriCorps member at Ethos Music Center in Portland. During her time there, she began teaching individual lessons in voice and piano and began conducting choirs on-site and at local schools through Ethos’ Outreach Program. In 2010, Audrey established Ethos’ first-ever musical theatre class.
In 2012, Audrey returned to the University of Portland to study Education. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching, with an endorsement in Music Education, secondary level choral emphasis, from U of P in 2013. While completing her M.A.T., Audrey began an internship at Holy Trinity School in Beaverton, Oregon. Upon completing her degree, she was offered a full-time position at the school. For two years, Audrey taught music & movement, music appreciation, and conducted choirs at the PreK-8 school. She was also the Music Director for the school’s weekly Masses, working with student singers and staff musicians to bring lively music to the community and nurture a singing culture at the school.
Singing is elemental to the study of music, and Audrey strives to promote a love of and comfort with using one’s voice to create music. She believes you CAN sing, and seeks to empower each of her students through the art of song and the practice of building community through music.
In addition to teaching, Audrey has enjoyed performing with local professional theatre companies, including Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Portland Opera, and Mocks Crest Productions. She currently delights in singing and playing keys with Portland bands, The Knotty Pines and Hey, Handsome.
A Portland Native, Jonah started learning marimba at the Metropolitan Learning Center when he was 7 years old. By the next year, he was also taking violin and piano lessons. In Junior high, Jonah was performing regularly at Saturday Market, and other local venues with the youth marimba band now known as Supa Dupa Marimba Bro’s. Throughout high-school and College, Jonah supplemented his passion for marimba with classes in music theory, music history, and music education.
After returning from College, Jonah started teaching his first marimba classes with SUN School programs in 2014 and is excited to be continuing as a marimba teacher in 2015. He aspires to share his passion for music with his students and strives to give students chances to create their own musical identities. As a new teacher, he is always looking for new ways to make playing marimba fun, engaging, and stress-free.
Outside of the world of music, Jonah is an avid outdoorsman spending his summers backpacking, camping, and rafting. He recently spent two months hiking the Appalachian trail from Georgia to Maryland.
A lifelong musician, Roberta Gannett began playing violin at age 8 under the Suzuki Method and quickly began to explore many folk/fiddling traditions in tandem. Two years later she began playing with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and making chamber music with small groups in the summer. Her growing passion and curiosity for music led her to study it at Whitman College, where she got her BA in 2008. After college she lived in New York and then Portland where she has played with bands spanning the genres of Jazz, Middle Eastern, Indie-folk-rock-pop and Classical.
Wesley Price is a composer, arranger, performer, teacher and lover of music. He grew up in Olympia, WA, where he studied piano, guitar and voice for over a decade and began his career in music instruction. He moved to Walla Walla, WA in order to pursue a B.A. degree in Music Theory and Composition, which he completed in 2009. Wesley’s desire to continue learning about music brought him to Eugene, OR soon after, where he studied composition at the University of Oregon. He completed his M.Mus. degree in Composition in 2013.
Now comfortably settled in Portland, Wesley is thrilled to be teaching guitar & ukulele with Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective. He also teaches glee club and ukulele classes at local elementary and middle schools in the Portland Public School District, in addition to private lessons in guitar, piano, ukulele, mandolin and composition/songwriting. He prides himself on working with students of every age and experience level, from Pre-K children experiencing music for the first time to college music students honing their craft to retirees resurrecting long-dormant skills.
Although music instruction has become his primary focus, Wesley is still an active composer. His work has been featured on the national radio program Performance Today and has been performed by ensembles like the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Sospiro, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, Convergence and Grammy Award-winning soprano Estelí Gomez.
In his spare time, Wesley enjoys board games, flag football, rock climbing and cooking.
Randy Pugh (M.F.A. Theatre) moved to Portland four years ago, after retiring as Director of Theatre at Montana State University, Billings, to spend more time with his children and grandchildren. His experience as a University Lecturer, theatre teacher, director and designer has included positions with MSU-Billings, Gonzaga University, the University of Montana, Montana Repertory Theatre, Spokane Civic Theatre, Warehouse Theatre (Yakima), Fort Peck Summer Theatre, Whitefish (MT) Community Theatre and Kalispell (MT) Children’s Theatre. Randy is excited to join the teaching staff at Cathedral Park Performing Arts Collective, and looks forward to working with students, parents and the St. Johns community.
Michael Breez, teacher, performer, director and composer has dedicated 39 years to the study of Shona music from Zimbabwe, Africa. He began studying in 1978 with the late Dr. Dumisani Abraham Maraire in Seattle. Within a year Michael was invited to join Dumi’s group the Maraire Marimba Ensemble. He went on to co-found the long standing and much loved professional group, Kutamba. In 1991, Michael and his wife Osha, co-founded the Rufaro School of Marimba & the enduring performing/recording group Musasa Marimba Ensemble. Michael continues to teach marimba and mbira students & groups across the Western States, Alaska, and Hawaii.
Born in Southern California, Samantha grew up singing and dancing to music that spanned many genres, from Metalica to Shania Twain and The Beatles. She began playing clarinet at the age of 8 and experimented with various other instruments including bass clarinet, saxophone, and trombone for a few years after that. It wasn’t really till high school that she decided to focus more on her voice. She was accepted into State Honor Choir and double lettered in Varsity Choir.
It was in high school that Samantha started to teach herself the guitar and ukulele. She then started to write songs and has since recorded some original tracks.
Samantha went to Oklahoma Wesleyan University where she studied music education. While in college, she started a contemporary a cappella group with some classmates. This group performed on campus, around town, and went on to perform at an a cappella competition in texas.
After graduating, Samantha moved to oregon with her husband and started working at a private school teaching pre-k through 8th grade music while also teaching private music lessons in St. Johns. As of February 2017, Samantha and her husband welcomed their first born daughter into the world. Since then, Samantha began looking for opportunities to work close to home and become a more active member of the community. Samantha loves children, play, and music and believes music is a healing gift to be shared with everyone. She believes everyone can find peace and joy in music and has a strong desire to serve her community.
Board of Directors
Cristina Marino, President
Audrey Voon, Secretary
Margaret Mahoney, Treasurer
Joseph Cirillo, Director
Kelly Brown, Director
Tiso Panapa, Director